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Taser deterrent

In Minturn, a deputy noticed that a vehicle was traveling much slower than the posted 40 mph speed limit. He also noticed that the vehicle was weaving.

After initiating a traffic stop, the deputy approached the vehicle and noticed the 21-year-old male driver’s body was covered with a blanket. The driver also seemed confused. When the deputy asked the man for his license, registration and insurance, the driver looked at him blankly.

After several requests for the information, the driver slowly pulled out his wallet and produced his drivers license. As the man was searching the glove box for the other items, the deputy noticed that the insurance and registration were laying in the back seat. The man told the deputy that he had left Kansas and was on his way to see his wife in Edwards. He stated that he had only had a little bit to drink.

The man then attempted to put the vehicle into “drive.” The deputy asked the man to turn off the vehicle and put the keys in the passenger seat. This caused the man to clench his teeth and growl. He started the vehicle and the deputy ran back to his patrol car to request back up.

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The man did not drive off, however, he was moving about briskly in the vehicle, causing the deputy to draw his weapon. The deputy asked the man to step out of the car, which he did but would not remove his hands from his pockets when asked. The deputy repeatedly asked the man to get on the ground, which he finally did, but then he got up and walked briskly towards the deputy. After telling the man to stop and get on the ground – which he refused to do – the deputy pulled out his Taser, telling the man that he would use it if continued to come toward him.

The man said, “don’t Taser me,” and got on the ground.

After further investigation, the man was cited for various offenses.

Bike path, not a road

A deputy noticed a vehicle entering a bike path instead of the roadway just south of Eagle.

When she pulled over the vehicle, a 55-year-old man exited from the driver’s side. The deputy asked the driver why he had turned onto the bike path, and he responded that “he thought this was the road.” The deputy noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the man, and that he was swaying as he stood near his tailgate.

When asked how much he had to drink, the man replied “too much.” He explained that he had been at a friend’s funeral in Eagle.

The man cooperated with the deputy in the voluntary roadside maneuvers, which he failed. The deputy called the man’s wife to come get the vehicle as he was being transported to the hospital for a blood test. The wife asked to speak to the man, and began to tell him that she was going to contact an attorney and to not do anything until she said so. The deputy explained to the wife that her husband did not have the right to speak to an attorney prior to choosing his chemical test, and that he had already made the choice to do a chemical test. The deputy also told her that refusing to comply with the test would result in his license being revoked for one year. The wife said that she would meet them at the hospital and that her husband was not to do anything until she got there.

Habitual Traffic Offender

Near Gypsum, a deputy pulled over a vehicle going over the speed limit near the airport.

When the deputy ran the 49-year-old man’s information, he learned that the man was a Habitual Traffic Offender dating back to 2003 and had an additional fifteen active restraints against his driver’s license.

The man was booked and cited.

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